Single Use vs. standing Plans

Princy Vij
40 mins

*To understand the different types of plans and be able to differentiate between Single Use and Standing Plans.
Understand the various scenarios that requires planning and be able to decide the situations in which a particular kind of plan is to be used

Step 1: Begin the class by sharing the following incidents:

  1. School has arranged for a fest in the playground. A day before the fest, it rained heavily so the school authorities decided to shift the venue of the fest from open playground to Multi Purpose Hall.
  2. The school plans to close down for 7 days during Dusshera like every other year.
  3. The school is planning to work on this Saturday for the full day as some medical camp has to be organised as per the directives of the state government.
  4. The school plans to start its new academic session in first week of April.

Step 2: Ask the class to ponder on the following scenarios for 5 minutes and classify them in to two categories:

  1. The situation which will occur only once
  2. The situation which will occur again and again

Step 3: Now, explain the students the two types of plans an organisation has:

  1. Single – Use Plan: A set of activities aimed at achieving a specific goal within a particular budget and time period that is unlikely to be repeated in future.  Out of the Scenarios mentioned above, we can clearly see that Scenario 1 and 3 are a part of single use plans.
  2. Standing Plans: Standing plans are often developed once and then modified a little to suit the Organisation’s needs as and when required. Scenarios 2 and 4 are clearly standing plans as school has a policy of closing down for vacations but they will inform the dates later depending on the operational schedule of the school. Similarly, School has a plan to start a new academic session in the first week of April every year but they will communicate the exact dates with little changes later.

Step 4: Give some more such scenarios to the students and ask them to clearly segregate it into single – use or standing plans. (Refer to the Practice Worksheet)

Step 5: After Introduction of the concept, the detailed information on both the plans will follow in the next class.

Please identify which scenarios will require a standing plan or a single plan: 1. Planning to go on a road trip with your friends after completing your exams. 2. Waking up 2 hours prior to the school timings everyday. 3. Paying premium for Insurance plans quarterly 4. Paying premium for Insurance plans annually 5. Planning to take up an education loan to support higher studies abroad
For every school function arranged in the open ground, if it rains, the facility is shifted to the Multi Purpose Hall as a back-up plan. This Back - up Plan seems to be the most appropriate to save from the rain. Is this back - up plan a standing plan or a single - use plan?
Accurate, Clearly explained, Efficient, Precise, Informative

1 Comment

  1. Rachna Mutreja

    I also agree. More situations can be invited from students to increase their participation.


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